Frederick E. Woods
Clinical Assistant Professor
Lawyering Skills Program
B. S. 1977, Indiana State University; M. Ed., 1979, Howard University, J. D. 1986, Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Frederick is the proud father of Bria M. Woods.
Frederick teaches lawyering skills to both day and evening first-year law students at the Columbus School of Law. Frederick is an Administrative Due Process Hearing Officer for the District of Columbia Public Schools. He is a sole civil practitioner in family law, personal injury, probate, and dispute resolution. And, is a second-term, Hearing Committee Panel Member for the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility.
He has several years of experience as a mediator and arbitrator with the following entities: Family Mediator for the District of Columbia Superior Court's Dispute Resolution Division; Mediator for the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court of Maryland and Mediator and Arbitrator and former board member for the D.C. Bar Attorney Client Abitration Board.
Frederick is a former staff attorney for the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of Dispute Resolution. There, he managed and directed the Section's legal work, tracked federal and state dispute resolution legislation, wrote articles for two national newsletters and published three monographs. He was staff director for the 1994 Model Standards of Conduct for Mediators drafted by the ABA, the American Arbitration Association, and the Society of Professionais in Dispute Resolution.
Frederick is the former director of a statewide, one-of-a-kind, victim and offender mediation program. The program was a national finalist for a Ford Foundation and Harvard University sponsored Innovations in State and Local Government Award.
On April 21, 2005, The Black Law Student Association selected Frederick for their "Distinguished Professor Award." On October 28, 2001, Frederick received the John Carroll Society Pro Bono Legal Service Award. Earlier. In March 2000, Frederick received the D.C. Bar's Arbitration Board inaugural Special Merit Award. And in 1991, Frederick was the National Council of Better Business Bureau's Arbitrator of the Year.